MCA Optimistic To Win More Seats In GE 14 - Liow

KUALA LUMPUR, Nov 5 (Bernama) -- MCA is optimistic that more Chinese support is flowing back to Barisan Nasional (BN) and that it is now strongly poised to win more Parliamentary seats in the upcoming General Election 14 (GE14).

MCA president Datuk Seri Liow Tiong Lai said regular surveys and feedbacks that the party had received from the ground showed that the votes from across the board were coming back to the party.

"MCA is working hard and we have a strong team, while the opposition is divided with no vision. We are ready to wrestle the seats that we lost in the last election," he said at a news conference after the 64th MCA Annual General Meeting at Wisma MCA, here today.

He added that in preparation for the GE14, MCA would not leave out any segment of the electorate, and it was engaging in multiple strategies to reach out for their support, especially the youth, which would make up the majority of the voters' demography in GE14.

"We have a mechanism on reaching out to them. We have educational institutions for the young to engage them in nation building," he said.

Earlier, Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak called upon the MCA to win more seats in GE14, at least 15 as compared to the seven they won in GE13.

He said this was necessary so that the Chinese community would have a stronger voice in the Barisan Nasional coalition to look after their interest.

As for the election candidate line up, Liow said that there would be new faces and several incumbents dropped.

On another question, he confirmed that he would defend the Bentong Parliament seat which he held since 1999.

Liow said MCA had also sent a MCA Crisis Relief Squad (CRSM) to help Penang which was badly hit by a tropical storm and flooding since yesterday.

Meanwhile, the MCA's 64th Annual General Assembly which concluded today also approved 15 resolutions encompassing five aspects namely party affairs, politics, the government, economy and education.

Among those approved unanimously by the 1,526 delegates were supporting the National Transformation Plan 2050 (TN50) by urging the Chinese community at all levels to participate in national transformation and development to achieve the mission of becoming a nation with high income.

The general assembly also wanted all MCA members to reject strongly any extremist statement and action that could divide the community.

On the economic aspect, the MCA wanted the government to draw up a comprehensive plan to develop e-business including the implementation of the Industrial Revolution 4.0 and setting up of a Digital Free Trade Zone to ensure that the people also participated in the national economic development.